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FIFTH ANNUAL REPORT 



OK THE 



PEABODY HISTORICAL SOCIETY. 

INCORPORATED AUGUST 15th, 1896. 



OFFICERS, 1900 — 1901. 

President, . . . Gen'l Fkancis H. Appleton 

Vice Presidents, . ( Hon. Benj. F. Southwick 

Thomas Carholl 
Syi.vanus L. Newhali- 
Mary A. Forness 
Mrs. Lyman P. Osbokn 



Treasurer, 

Recording Secretary, 
Corresponding Secretary, 



Nancy' J. Moui.ton, 
Adeline A. Little, 
Daniel II. Felton, 



DIRECTORS. 

Abraham C. Osborne, 
Richards B. Mackintosh, 
Robert H. Gowing, 

MEETINGS, 1900-1901. 



Mary' a. Osborn, 
Helen C. Allen, 
RuFUS H. Brown. 



May 2. Annual Meeting. 

"Revolutionary Privateersmen," by Hon. Sam'l Roads. 

Sept. 5. Field meeting at Sylvanus L. Newball's, South Peabody. 

" Grants of Laud in the Vicinity, and the History and Traditions 
of the Families which settled upon them," by Sylvanus L. New- 
hall. 

Nov. 14. "The Early Houses of the Puritans," by the Rev. T. Frank Waters. 

Mr. Thomas Carroll, Chairman of the Committee on Copying the 

Town Records of Old Dan vers — 1752-1855 — stated that the book 

had been completed by Mrs. L. J. Thomas, and might be seeu'at 

any time at our Town House. 

Feb. 15. " How to Study Local History," by Sidney Perley. 

Apr. 19. In response to an invitation of Committee on History, a joint meet- 
ing was held with the Peabody Woman's Club — the President, 
Mrs. Richard Ward, presiding— with the following program : — 

Music, Battle Hymn of the Republic, directed by Mrs. S. L. Fer- 
guson. 

Addresses, " Historical Anniversaries," by Prof. W. P. Beckwith. 

"Women of the Revolution," by Mrs. Mary A. Livermore. 

" Historic Tablets and Stones," by Gen'l Francis H. Appleton. 

" The Pine Tree Flag," by Miss H. S. Thacher. 

Music. "America." 

" The North Bridge of Salem," by Hon. Robert S. Rantoul. 

Note— The following correction in the Fourth Annual Report should be made: 
(Jwinf? to a necessary chancre of program on date of May 3d, 1899, a i)aper was pre- 
sented by Dr. Safforil on "The Witclicraft Delusion and its Outcome." 



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NEW MEMBERS. -gi 

Sept. 5th, 1900. Nov. 14tli, 1900. Eliza W. Clerk, 

Ellen Becket, Lilian Tudbury Emma I. Rice, 

Samuel Stimpson, John E. Herrick, Anna A. Poor, 

Mary H. Reed, Mary F. Herrick, Sam'l Walter Nourse, 

Sally R. Wilkinson, Harriet E. Perkins, Hannah R. Osboru, 

Eva D. Raddiu, Jane Miller, Hannah E. Poor, 

Huldah G. Buxton, Sallie C. Quint, Sallie S. P. Washburn, 

William E. Reed, Feb. 1.5th, 1901. Chelsea. 

Annie Reed, Sarah B. Spauldin^f, Sarah P. Hall, 

May 1st, 1901. Jefferson K. Cole, 

Amos Merrill, Peter J. Frye. 

NECROLOGY. 

Walter Scott Lovejoy, August 31st, 1831 ; March 8th, 1901. 






STATEMENT OF TREASURER OF PEABODY HISTORICAL 
SOCIETY FOR YEAR ENDING MAY i, 1901. 

Amount in hands of Treasurer at last report, . . $ 189.44 

Received Admissions and Dues, .... 148.00 

Interest on deposit in Savings Bank, . . 2.84 

Special contribution for small room, . . 3.00 

Gift from S. E. Stimpson, . . . 1.00 

From entertainment given by ladies of the Society, 21.75 

Rebate on bill paid in previous report, . . 3.63 



$309. GO 



Paid 1 year's rent to April 1, 1901, . . . $150.00 

Electric Light, ...... 3.25 

Expenses of Secretaries and Treasurers — stationery, 

postals, circulars, labels and ballots, etc., . 18.37 

Letters on tablet at door, .... 1.20 

Electric supplies, ..... 4.00 

Flags for Revolutionary Soldiers, . . . 2.70 

Rent of chairs, ..... 4.50 



$184.02 



Amount in hands of treasurer, $185.64 

S. L. NEWHALL, Treas. 
Peabouy, May 1, 1901. 

The Donations to the Society as registered in the Accession Book now 
number 1,365, an increase during the past year of 329. These have been 
presented by seventy-two persons, thirty of whom are members of the Soci- 
ety. These gifts include 75 additions to the Cabinet and Room, 225 bound 
volumes, 121 pamphlets, 2 manuscript books, several autograph letters, 29 
broadsheet posters, etc., 10 single newspapers, a file of "the News" for 
1898, 9 pictures, maps, etc., and 19 coins and pieces of money. 

An increase is desired of those articles which would be necessary for fur- 
nishing the loom-room, chamber or kitchen in an ancient house. Also such 
bygone implements as were used in the field, the pottery, or tannery. 

A special interest has been shown in the Old School collection this past year, 
resulting in a form and settle and many school books which have been used 
by the young people of our town from time to time for more than a century. 
Cannot this collection be completed by the addition of all the well known 
ancient books of this class? 



MEETINGS OF LOCAL HISTORY CLASS. 

May 23rd, 1900. "Geology of our town," Rev. J. W. Hudson. 

July nth, 1900. "Hannah Cook's School," Miss Martha Osborne Barrett. 

Aug. 27th, 1900. An afternoon at the Bowditch House, and a paper on 

"Nathaniel Bowditch," Miss Martha O. Barrett. 
Oct. 9th, 1900. A tramp in woods back of Brown's Pond with a visit to 

Wild Cat Ledge Rocking Stone, Phaeton Rock and 

Bald Rock, with Mr. Jacob Osborn. 
Dec. 5th, 1900. " Samuel Mackintire, Carpenter and Architect of Salem 

in 1800," Miss Mary M. Farley. 
Jan. 6th, 1901. "School District No. 6 in the 18th Century," Mr. D. H. 

Felton. 
Mar. 5th, 1901. "A Danvers Heroine — Rebecca Nurse," Mrs. Sarah 

Proctor Joslin. 



SOME PLACES OF HISTORIC INTEREST WITHIN 
THE LIIVIITS OF PEABODY. 



COLONIAL PERIOD. 

Site of Qiles Corey's House. In the triangle west of the West Peabody Sta- 
tion and north of Pine Street. Giles Corey died Sept. 19th, 1092. 

He was the only victim of the Witchcraft delusion who was pressed to 
death. 

Site of John Procter's House. 348 Lowell Street. A victim of the Witch- 
craft delusion. Hanged, Aug. 19th, 1692. 

This house was built by Emanuel Downing and occupied by him 1638- 
1652. Occupied by Flint family and Roger Preston, 1652-1666. 

Site occupied by Proctor family 1666-1890. 

South Meeting House. Peabody Square, opposite Railroad Station. Fourth 
building on site of the first and only church in town from 1711 to 1825. Par- 
sonage 34 Main Street. First minister. Rev. Beuj. Prescott, 1712-1756, who 
built the " Prescott house," so called, 92 Central Street, about 1750. 

Prescott burial lot opposite 7 Tremont Street. 

Old South Burying Ground. Main Street, next to the Salem line. Burial 
place of Revolutionary Soldiers and many prominent citizens of the town. 
Among these are Rev. Nathan Holt, Rev. Samuel Walker, Major Caleb 
Lowe, Denuison Wallis, Roger Derby, Jones Very. 



REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD. 

Lexington Monument. Main Street at junction of Washington Street. 
Dedicated April 19th, 1835, in memory of the Danvers Soldiers who died in 
the Battle of Lexington. Opposite monument at 84 and 86 Main Street, is 
site of the home of " Bethiah Southvvick," whose heart outran her creed" 
when she fed the soldiers of the Revolution. 



Site of "Bell Tavern." S. E. corner of Main and Washington Streets. "At 
the crotch of the Road near Francis Symonds' " (landlord of the Bell Tav- 
ern), was the official meeting place of the soldiers of 1775. A watch, also, 
of 13 men, was stationed here "every night." 

"In" "next" and "near the Bell Tavern" was E. Russell's Printing 
Press, the first in town, 1777-1781. 

Gen. Gideon Foster. Leader of the Danvers men in Battle of Lexington. 
Was born in a house " on S. W. corner of Foster and Lowell." 

His "chocolate mill" was "over the brook in Foster street," near Little's 
mill. He died at 142 Lynnfield Street. 

"Wallis House. 66 Main Street. Built by Dennison Wallis about 1810. 
He was one of those wounded in the Battle of Lexington, and founder of 
the Wallis School fund. 

Bowditch House. 121 Central Street. Nathaniel Bowditch, the " Naviga- 
tor,'" came here to live in 1775 and spent several years of his life, receiving 
from the Misses Osborne, in a house opposite, his first schooling. 

Born Mar. 26, 1773— Died Mar. 16, 1838. 

Benedict Arnold. Route of Benedict Arnold's army through this town 
Sept. 13tli and 14th, 1775, was along the old "Ipswich Road," now Lynn, 
County, Summit, Lowell, Prospect and Sylvan Streets. 



NINETEENTH CENTURY. 

George Peabody's Birthplace. 205 Washington Street. Born here Feb. 18th, 
1795. Died in Loudon, Nov. 4, 1869. 

Site of Sylvester Procter's Drug Store. 33 Main Street. Where George 
Peabody first worked as a boy. 

Peabody Institute. Main Street. Gift of George Peabody, June 16, 1852. 
Opened to public, Oct., 1854. 
Sutton Library, founded by Mrs. Eliza Sutton, Oct. 15, 1866. 

Rufus Choate. 65 Main Street. Rufus Choate first went to housekeeping 
here. At 37 Main Street was his First Law OlHce. 

Soldiers' Monument. Peabody Square. Dedicated 1881 in memory of our 
soldiers who were killed in the war of the Rebellion. 

"The Green in front of the Old South Meeting House" has been the 
meeting place of various military organizations of this town. 

Gen. Grenville M. Dodge. 34 Main Street. Gen'l Dodge lived here about 
1850. 

Room of Peabody Historical Society. Warren Bank Building. Peabody 
Square. Open every Monday afternoon from 2.30 to 5 o'clock. 



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